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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3   
Joni Mitchell  Barangrill   Options For The Roses  Reprise  1972  CD  0:02:04 (MP3 | )
Fareed Haque  Carry On   Options Deja Vu  Blue Note  1997  CD  0:04:50 (MP3 | )
Traffic  40,000 Headmen   Options Traffic  Island  1968  LP  0:12:21 (MP3 | )
Gorillaz  Clint Eastwood   Options Gorillaz  Parlophone  2001  CD  0:15:35 (MP3 | )
Bob Dylan  Desolation Row   Options Highway 61 Revisited  Columbia  1965  LP  0:21:11 (MP3 | )
Jackson C Frank  Blues Run the Game   Options Blues Run the Game  Columbia  1965  CD  0:37:17 (MP3 | )
Nick Drake  Here Come the Blues   Options Bedroom Tapes  Bootleg  1968  CD  0:40:08 (MP3 | )
Nick Drake  River Man   Options Five Leaves Left  Island  1969  CD  0:43:57 (MP3 | )
Nick Drake  THree Hours   Options Five Leave Left  Island  1969  CD  0:48:14 (MP3 | )
Skip James  Hard Time Killing Floor Blues   Options Hard Time Killing Floor Blues  Vanguard  1966  CD  0:54:21 (MP3 | )
Jellyfish  Russian Hill   Options Spilt Milk  Charisma  1993  CD  1:03:44 (MP3 | )
The Flamingos  I Only Have Eyes For You   Options Flamingo Serenade  End  1959  LP  1:07:51 (MP3 | )
Ray Lamontagne  Be Here Now   Options Til the Sun Turns Black  RCA  2006  CD  1:11:43 (MP3 | )
The Temptations  Papa Was a Rolling Stone   Options 45RPM Single  Gordy  1972  45  1:17:14 (MP3 | )
The Temptations  Masterpiece   Options Masterpiece  Gordy  1973  LP  1:29:12 (MP3 | )
Norman Whitfield/Rose Royce  Water   Options Car Wash OST  MCA  1976  LP  1:42:53 (MP3 | )
Grover Washington Jr  Inner City Blues   Options Inner City Blues  Kudu  1971  LP  1:46:20 (MP3 | )
Rex Garvin and the Might Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45  1:59:10 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:02pm hyde:

Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:03pm geezerette:

Ears open!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:03pm Funky16Corners:

Good evening!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:04pm Funky16Corners:

I hope everyone is well
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:05pm Gary:

I'm not well (lingering summer cold), but please carry on!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

Sorry to hear that. I hope you find the music soothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 10:06pm coelacanth∅:

hello Larry and all
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

It has been a bitch of week allergy-wise
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:06pm Gary:

I'm taking you in my phone to bed
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:06pm Funky16Corners:

Hi C!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

Gary - To paraphrase Jimmy Breslin's old beer ad, 'This is a good listening show!' Your ears will be happy
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

I hope
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:07pm Jeff Ash:

Greetings from Green Bay!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:08pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:08pm Funky16Corners:

Did you stop at Kroger on the way over for beer pong supplies?
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:08pm geezerette:

Lovely. Nervous system says thanks!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:09pm Funky16Corners:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:09pm Cubs Win:

Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:09pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Unk!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:10pm Uncle Michael:

Hello, Larry! (McLean Stephenson joke)
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:10pm Funky16Corners:

George Memmoli, we hardly knew ye
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:11pm Uncle Michael:

Ruth Brown was on that show!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:11pm Funky16Corners:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:12pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:13pm Funky16Corners:

As a regular?
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:15pm hyde:

love the show! but must be a short timer. farewell my friends
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:15pm Uncle Michael:

It's funny, I grew up with Traffic records as a kid. Then I didn't pay them much mind...but when that Smiling Phases comp came out in the '90s I fell hard again. Then I got to see them open a couple of Dead shows...very cool.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:15pm Funky16Corners:

Wow! I just looked it up. I forgot that it was a Diffrent Strokes spinoff
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:17pm Funky16Corners:

Love Traffic. Spent a lot of 17-year-old money buying an import LP of John Barleycorn Must Die
  Wed. 8/23/17 10:18pm Mike Sin:

It took me a long time to finally start listening to music completely with my ears, as it were, and when I finally did, the first two Traffic albums became totally mesmerizing and hypnotizing experiences.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:18pm Uncle Michael:

In middle school I wore the hell out of Low Spark, Barleycorn and Shoot Out.
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:18pm geezerette:

C U, Hyde.

Same,I'll be listening, not looking.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:18pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Mike!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:19pm Funky16Corners:

Nite guys
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:19pm Funky16Corners:

Low Spark was a fixture on my post-highschool stoner playlist
  Wed. 8/23/17 10:19pm cupcakejenny:

Sean just recognized this song. It's in Trolls.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:20pm Funky16Corners:

No kidding!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:20pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Sean!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:21pm Funky16Corners:

Back to Hello Larry, I never realized that John Femia was in that show before Square Pegs
  Wed. 8/23/17 10:22pm cupcakejenny:

Ha we're along about the song in the movie and miles came in, listened, and said oh yeah, it's Clint Eastwood. These two.
  Wed. 8/23/17 10:22pm cupcakejenny:

Along = talking
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:22pm Funky16Corners:

Smart kids. Good ears. Family trait.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:23pm Uncle Michael:

Mike, I didn't know the first two albums till I was college-age. I don't know how I came to listen to those other ones so hard when I was 14.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:23pm Funky16Corners:

They were getting a LOT of play on FM rock radio
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:26pm Uncle Michael:

No FM at boarding school...just the LPs. An older cousin probably gave me one of them.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:27pm Funky16Corners:

That's always good. I had a cousin gift me all the early Genesis LPs, which I would have missed for a years otherwise
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:27pm Doug Schulkind:

Professor Grogan!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:27pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doug!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:37pm Doug Schulkind:

One of my beloveds. Can't listen to him without weeping.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:38pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, it's even moreso if you know his story
  Wed. 8/23/17 10:38pm cupcakejenny:

You'll have to play that for them tomorrow. They just went to bed. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 10:38pm Uncle Michael:

The keyboard is about to take a break from me. Thanks in advance for the rest of the show, Larry.

Night all.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:38pm Funky16Corners:

Will do
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:39pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks for stopping by Michael
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:39pm Doug Schulkind:

What a story.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, so sad, so much promise
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:45pm Doug Schulkind:

Of course, if he hadn't been in the hospital recovering from his burns, he may never have been given a guitar and learned to play.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:46pm Funky16Corners:

True, but it seems like he had to learn that, to make his mark, and then continue on into oblivion. It's poetic and tragic at the same time
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:49pm Doug Schulkind:

One could do a full-length radio show presenting exclusively artists whose lives were destroyed (or nearly so) by horrendous misdiagnosis of illness or mental illness. So many creative geniuses who were sick but thought to be merely junkies by someone wearing a white coat.
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 10:49pm geezerette:

Had to come back to say I was galvanized and had to see who that was. Such beauty and sorrow. Stories like that make me nuts.
Grateful for all this.
Off again, tip of imaginary hat.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:50pm Funky16Corners:

Yes indeed. Drake was the same way. It was like he was put here in earth for a very brief time to make his beautiful music and then was snatched back into the ether.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:50pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks G!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 10:52pm coelacanth∅:

'night g
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:53pm Funky16Corners:

Doug - Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Monk. and guys that were trapped in prison for prime years like Tadd Dameron and Hank Mobley
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 10:56pm doctorjazz:

Hi-dug the Nick Drake set, and what can I say about Skip James... Great listening!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:57pm Doug Schulkind:

Eric Dolphy, whose diabetic shock was thought to be an OD. Mongezi Feza, dies of pneumonia while locked in an asylum.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 10:57pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Dr!
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 11:00pm Rich in NC:

Hello all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:02pm coelacanth∅:

Katell Keineg has a beautiful version of river man as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 11:03pm Parq:

Doug, Jeez! I never heard those stories! This savage "health care" culture we have in this country is just incredible.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:04pm Funky16Corners:

Health care, racism, institutional and otherwise
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:04pm coelacanth∅:

James was very bitter about being "ignored" for all those years and didn't embrace his "rediscovery" very gracefully. -'probably didn't do his health any good.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:05pm Doug Schulkind:

Rediscover this, muthahfuckah.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:06pm Funky16Corners:

The whole wave of rediscovery is rife with issues of race, class etc. I'm thankful it happened though
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:06pm Funky16Corners:

Selfish, I know, but all of that music
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:07pm coelacanth∅:

yeah - though John Hurt seemed to have a good time with his rediscovery.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:07pm Funky16Corners:

John Hurt was a saintly fellow, in every way. His music brings me a great deal of peace and happiness
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:09pm coelacanth∅:

damn...now i forget who's quote this is; a female i think, who said
"i didn't need no 're-discovering'. i knew where i was the whole time."
  Wed. 8/23/17 11:09pm Dean:

Mendelssohn rediscovered Bach. Or is that not exactly rediscovery? Anyway, I'm thankful *that* happened.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:10pm Funky16Corners:

I'd rather we have Skip James music to talk about now, than trapped in a stack of shellac 78s in a landfill somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 11:12pm Parq:

I remember hearing the Flamingos track when I first, as a 17 year old, saw American Graffiti. I was stunned. Ever since then, I have felt it was one of the most gorgeous vocal performances, to say nothing of the languid and redolent arrangement, I've ever heard.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:13pm Funky16Corners:

That's where it got me too! One of the finest pieces of recorded music ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:13pm coelacanth∅:

i do not feel at all ashamed to agree with that sentiment. it's not any more selfish than taking a cookie that someone baked then left behind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:14pm coelacanth∅:

(re: 11:10)
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:14pm Funky16Corners:

Hopefully Skip, and Mississippi John and Son House, and Robert Johnson are off in the ether somewhere smiling because people love the music they made so much
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:15pm Doug Schulkind:

Beyond rediscovery, discovery itself has been bumpy and problematic process for many. Conscientious debaters have both supported and criticized the John/Alan Lomax phenomenon. (I come down on the pro side, but with sensitivity to concerns thoughtfully raised.) I agree with you, Larry, that it is way better to have found/preserved than not.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:16pm Funky16Corners:

Yes. The same goes for most recorded ethnography. The methods/reasons/ethics were often problematic, but those moments were captured forever
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:17pm Funky16Corners:

And speaking of 'greatest records ever made'...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:19pm coelacanth∅:

i agree with you Doug. yes there are concerns - not least of which who benefited by far the most from those recordings, monetarily...but then - would any, if not more than a very few, of those artists have ever gotten anything at all if it weren't for the Lomaxes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 11:20pm Parq:

Yeah. Can you believe this got *heavy* AM radio play?
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:20pm Funky16Corners:

Drilled right into my 10 year old head by WABC-AM
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:21pm Jeff Ash:

Might I say that this evening's program thus far is a throwback to the late-night free-form FM radio I grew up with in the early to mid-'70s. The silence of the night taken in unexpected directions, with plenty of head space for sussing out what it all means, or what it might mean.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:21pm Funky16Corners:

That was certainly my intention. I'm very happy you picked up on it.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:23pm Funky16Corners:

Can we get Norman Whitfield's head carved into a mountain somewhere?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:23pm coelacanth∅:

the temps themselves thought it was craziness! (and resented that the instrumentation was such a big part of it)
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:23pm Jeff Ash:

Amen, Brother Larry!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:23pm Funky16Corners:

Hang in, it's going to get even Temptationier and intrumentier!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:24pm Funky16Corners:

I don't think for a minute that Whitfield could have done it without the Tempts
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:26pm Funky16Corners:

This is the sound of the radio buried next to my pillow in 1972, with the volume low enough that my folks couldn't tell I was still up at midnight
  Wed. 8/23/17 11:27pm Dean:

I'm catching a whiff of ends-means rationalization. I'm a librarian, which means I'm at least professionally in favor of preservation. But it occurs to me, as it never has before, that librarians and archivists strive to collect and preserve with an eye almost exclusively trained on the future, i.e., for generations of readers/listeners/viewers to come, rather than to credit the creators.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:28pm doctorjazz:

I had one of those pillow radios in my teens...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:28pm coelacanth∅:

haha,no! he had a vision but they didn't dig it. some members never got comfortable with the change in style that he steered them into. (i think that's why Ruffin left, eventually...?)
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:28pm Funky16Corners:

I think all we can do at this point is rationalize. I'm not going to stop listening.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:28pm Doug Schulkind:

On this all debaters universally agree: Larry Grogan is a treasure.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:29pm Funky16Corners:

Don't bury me!!
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 11:30pm geezerette:

Here I am again. Anyone who hasn't seen Robert Flaherty's "Moana" with soundtrack of carefully restored field recordings of traditional
Samoan music, must do so. His daughter Monica was responsible
for the project. en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:30pm Funky16Corners:

I think Ruffin and Kendriks were both long overdue for a solo shot. I think it's a crime Levi Stubbs never really got to step out on his own from the Tops
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:30pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:30pm coelacanth∅:

(...i think i'm mistaken about Ruffin. he may've left before that recording)
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:31pm Funky16Corners:

That Moana looks really interesting
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:31pm Funky16Corners:

Now here's one that ought to be billed as 'Norman Whitfield with a special guest appearance by the Temptations'
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:32pm Jeff Ash:

Dang it, Larry, you're gonna make me pull out all my Tempts records, and probably all the Undisputed Truth, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 8/23/17 11:32pm Parq:

What Doug said (@11:28) adjusted to accommodate Larry's request (@ 11:29).
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:33pm Funky16Corners:

You can however dig me up as often as needed
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:33pm Funky16Corners:

Someday I'm going to twist someone's arm into making a Whitfield boxed set
Avatar    Wed. 8/23/17 11:34pm geezerette:

You are all treasures.
Moana is stunning.
Good night,all.
  Wed. 8/23/17 11:34pm Dean:

We have no choice but to rationalize, true. But when we listen, we probably owe it to ourselves and to the artists to do so critically.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:34pm Funky16Corners:

Listen to that rhythm guitar ringing in the background, like six string metronome
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:34pm Funky16Corners:

Nite Geezerette!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:35pm Funky16Corners:

@DEan - ALWAYS...also I've had many stern discussions trying to disabuse people of romantic/stereotypical ideas about old time blues singers
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:36pm Funky16Corners:

The same goes for trash rock/R&B/garage fans who idolize people they think are drunken wildmen
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:37pm Funky16Corners:

Who were working musicians/creative people
  Wed. 8/23/17 11:37pm Dean:

And, I'll repeat, for Bach.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:37pm doctorjazz:

We got the funk riff there...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:39pm coelacanth∅:

show business...or i guess in some cases snow business.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:39pm Funky16Corners:

Or, as the late Jerry Lewis might have said, "The business we call show"
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:42pm Funky16Corners:

Get ready, Whitfield is about to jettison the Tempts and exit the stratosphere completely
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:47pm Jeff Ash:

Note to self. Pick up that "Car Wash" soundtrack you have seen so many times while record digging.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:47pm coelacanth∅:

earlier today someone said Iggy Pop is a vegetarian and rarely drinks (which really shouldn't surprise anyone with open eyes)...but it reminded me - though i didn't mention it then, that i've had a hypothesis for years now that Keith Richards is not the party animal people think he is; and maybe never has been.
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:48pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, a while back when I found out that Whitfield had done a bunch of instrumental music for the movie I grabbed it
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:49pm Funky16Corners:

@C- I agree. I always thought it served Mick and Keef's purposes to APPEAR to be dissapated aristocrats, but they never would have gotten this old if they really were as marinated in chemicals
  Wed. 8/23/17 11:50pm Dean:

Is it true that Hank Crawford was the saxophonist planned for this Washington record?
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:51pm Funky16Corners:

I hadn't heard that, though it's certainly feasible
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:53pm Funky16Corners:

I'll have to play more of the early 70s Grover stuff in the future
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 8/23/17 11:55pm doctorjazz:

Sax seems to be Grover according to Wikipedia... Great sounds, thanks!
Avatar Wed. 8/23/17 11:59pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 8/24/17 12:00am coelacanth∅:

Thanks Larry!

Avatar Thu. 8/24/17 12:00am Funky16Corners:

Nite C!
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